Four advantages of water jet cutting

12 December 2016
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Over the past hundred years, manufacturing industries have evolved to become more precise, efficient and cost-effective than they have ever been before. In part, this is the result of the invention and implementation of a host of new technologies, all designed to simplify manufacturing processes. One such technology is the water jet, a catch-all term for any equipment that utilises high pressure water to cut material with extreme accuracy and at fast speeds. Evidently, this has benefited not only the manufacturing sector, but a huge host of eclectic industries, ranging from mining to food production to the production of aerospace machines. By focusing a stream of high pressure water through a tiny orifice, water jets create enough energy to cut through materials as varied as stone, metals, plastics, food stuff, textiles, and much more. If you're considering utilising water jet technology in your business or simply require a water jet service for a particular project you're working on, consider the following the benefits.

Extremely precise and manoeuvrable:

Water jet cutting is very accurate, having the ability to cut with a tolerance near 0.25mm. This is especially useful if you're developing products, machinery or other designs that require fine precision for adequate safety and function. The fact that you can readjust the jets direction mid-stream makes creating complex things on the fly easier than ever before. 

Cutting power:

As already mentioned, water jet cutting is used on a great diversity of materials and is effective on substances ranging from the soft, such as food, to the extremely durable, like titanium and material that is reinforced with fibre. This versatility extends to its ability to cut multiple layers of differing materials, even if they are uneven. 

Generates no heat:

Unlike other cutting technologies, water jet cutting generates virtually no heat and, as a result, does not create a heat affected zone, commonly referred to as an HAZ. This means that the properties of the actual material being cut is not altered, moulded or hardened in any way, reducing the likelihood of the material warping or emitting dangerous chemical fumes.

Environmentally friendly:

Finally, the extreme precision and force of water jet cutting means that it also doesn't leave any residue chips or grindings, which in other cases are thrown away and pose a threat to the environment. Water jet cutting also does not require the use of oils or emulsions to properly function, limiting its energy consumption. You will have to recycle water, however, but this is simply a case of treating and draining it.

If you're on the fence about water jet technology, these advantages should give you something to think about. Consult a water jet specialist from a company like Chassis Line for any other concerns you may have.